Vitality Roses selected for 2019-20 campaign

We are pleased to announce the names of the 29 players that have received a Roses programme agreement for the 2019-20 international season.

These players will be considered for selection at a number of events in the international calendar.

The Roses programme offers multiple routes of entry, one being the full-time Roses programme (P1), another being the P2 route which offers English players in the Suncorp Super Netball and ANZ leagues to join the Roses programme at key junctures, and the final one being the P3 option whereby athletes who can’t commit full time can still gain selection for international events via a set selection process. An example of this is Rachel Dunn who works as a full time DNA Investigator for the NHS but was also selected to compete in the 2019 Vitality Netball World Cup.

25 players have been selected into the P1 or P2 Roses programme, these include:

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Beth Cobden, Layla Guscoth, Jo Harten, Helen Housby, Geva Mentor, Chelsea Pitman, Kate Shimmin, Natalie Haythornthwaite, Rebekah Airey, Summer Artman, Eleanor Cardwell, Ella Clark, Iona Darroch, Sophie Drakeford-Lewis, George Fisher, Jodie Gibson, Serena Guthrie, Laura Malcolm, Gabriella Marshall, Vicki Oyesola, Natalie Panagarry, Yasmin Parsons, Razia Quashie, Jessica Shaw and Fran Williams.

Jess Thirlby, Vitality Roses Head Coach, said: “I would like to congratulate all athletes on their selection into the Roses programme. It is wonderful to have so much talent in our Roses and Futures programme. There are a lot of exciting international competitions for us to look forward to in 2019-20 calendar, which I see as opportunities for us to expose both our experienced and newer talent to. I’m very much looking forward to working with this team as we head into another very exciting year for our sport.

“Each year of the Roses programme is critical for different reasons as we now start to look ahead and prepare for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and the South Africa Netball World Cup in 2023.”

Sara Symington, Performance Director at England Netball, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming some new faces into the full-time Roses programme and to see many familiar faces still in the mix.

“At the end of each four year cycle we spend time reviewing and discussing with each player the best route for them to take going into the next international season. Often some choose to take an elongated break from the full time programme for a variety of reasons, for instance an extended rest and recovery window or to be able to focus on other commitments such as their careers off the court.

“Each player within the programme will receive access to an Athlete Performance Award (APA) based on their commitments going forward. This is a Lottery funded grant awarded in support of a player’s journey towards the podium at the Netball World Cup (NWC) and Commonwealth Games (CWG). Irrespective of previous performances, players will be nominated for funding if they are considered to be progressing towards, or continuing to achieve, Netball World Cup, Commonwealth Games and Youth World Cup medal performances.

“There’s a lot for the Roses within this programme to look forward to and work towards.”

Four players have been selected into the Roses Futures programme, which is designed to support and accelerate the development of the next generation of Roses players.

The following athletes have been selected for the Roses Futures programme:

Halimat Adio, Olivia Tchine, Imogen Allison and Amy Carter.

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